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Herban Lifestyle Review and Giveaway

Herban Lifestyle Review

Recently I was given the opportunity to try out some handcrafted bath and body products made by the company Herban Lifestyle – http://bit.ly/1FCIQzj .

Many times a week I am approached by companies and organizations that want me to write about them and their products or causes.  Most of them I turn down because I don’t think that what they are selling or have to say is worth bugging all of you, my readers, about.  However, sometimes a product comes across my desk that I am compelled to tell you about.

Mary and the products she makes and sells through her company Herban Lifestyle – http://bit.ly/1FCIQzj is one such case.  A great company and an amazing product, Herban Lifestyle – http://bit.ly/1FCIQzj is the real deal.  (And hint…hint…these products would make an AMAZING Mother’s Day gift for some lucky mama out there…. just sayin’.) 

Herban Lifestyle

Herban Lifestyle Review

Herban Lifestyle – http://bit.ly/1FCIQzj is a company that was founded by Mary Kearns in 2008 (though she’s been making bath and body products since 1999).  She is on a mission to:

Make the world a happier, healthier, better-smelling place!

All of the Herban Lifestyle – http://bit.ly/1FCIQzj products are handcrafted in small batches using natural, organic and Fair Trade ingredients.  The company takes care to use earth-friendly packaging, never tests on animals and follows green business practices at all levels of the company.

Herban Lifestyle Review

Herban Lifestyle Review

As I mentioned, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try some of the Herban Lifestyle – http://bit.ly/1FCIQzj products myself.  I was sent:

  • Lavender and Vanilla Body Butter – http://www.herbanlifestyle.com/product/lavender-vanilla-whipped-body-butter-made-organic-and-fair-trade-ingredients
  • Green Tea and Bamboo Cleansing Grains – http://www.herbanlifestyle.com/product/bamboo-green-tea-facial-cleansing-grains-organic-chamomile-normal-dry-skin
  • Orange and Ginger Shampoo Bar – http://www.herbanlifestyle.com/product/orange-ginger-shampoo-bar-made-organic-fair-trade-vegetable-oils
  • Lime and Coconut Lip Creme – http://www.herbanlifestyle.com/product/organic-lime-coconut-lip-creme .

I was impressed with all of the products I was sent.  If you’ve ever tried to make your own bath and body products, you know that getting all the ingredients, preparing everything and coming up with a good end product is quite the task.  I’ve tried countless recipes only to be disappointed by the end result.  Unlike many of my DIY failures, each of these products are amazing, beautifully crafted and effective.

While I loved all of the products, I was most impressed with the Lavender and Vanilla Body Butter – http://www.herbanlifestyle.com/product/lavender-vanilla-whipped-body-butter-made-organic-and-fair-trade-ingredients .  When I first put my finger into the jar, the product felt luxuriously thick.  As I began to rub it in, it was easily absorbed by my skin and did not leave a greasy film.  It was lightweight and left my skin supple and soft.  Perfection.

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The Lime and Coconut Lip Creme – http://www.herbanlifestyle.com/product/organic-lime-coconut-lip-creme?tid=74 was similarly thick and left my lips well coated.  It was beautifully scented and tasted good too!  And because Herban Lifestyle – http://bit.ly/1FCIQzj is committed to using organic, natural ingredients, I felt comfortable letting my kids use it.

As for the Orange and Ginger Shampoo Bar – http://www.herbanlifestyle.com/product/orange-ginger-shampoo-bar-made-organic-fair-trade-vegetable-oils , I have to say I was a little hesitant.  I’ve always been a shampoo and conditioner right out of the bottle kind of girl. (I know, I know…. that stuff is terrible.)  So I had trouble believing that a bar of shampoo and no conditioner would do the trick.  Well, I’m happy to report that it did!  I really like the shampoo bar!   I just suds it up in my hands, rub it through my hair and rinse!  The first few times I used it I still had to use some spray-in detangler, as my hair had been stripped of all it’s natural oils from repeated use of “regular” shampoo but as the natural oils returned, my need for conditioner has been greatly reduced and is almost non-existent!  Yay for less chemicals!

And finally…. perhaps the least common product, the green tea and bamboo “cleansing grains.” – http://www.herbanlifestyle.com/product/bamboo-green-tea-facial-cleansing-grains-organic-chamomile-normal-dry-skin  I have to admit, when I first saw them and the first time I used them, I wasn’t sure what I was doing.  However, a couple of times using them and I as hooked!  Based on Asian practices of using rice powder for cleansing, these “grains” are amazing.  They smell wonderful and leave your skin feeling incredibly clean and mildly exfoliated.  Get rid of those environment-damaging micro-bead products and switch to the cleansing grains!  You’ll be glad you did!

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Herban Lifestyle Giveaway

Now, the good news – You have the chance to win some of these amazing products for yourself!  And what will you be winning exactly!?  A $150 gift certificate to the Herban Lifestyle shop!

Herban Lifestyle Review and Giveaway

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Green Sisterhood – http://greensisterhood.com/ . I received products to review but was not compensated for publishing the review. Opinions are all my own. 

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Top 5 Baby Items for Gardening Mamas

Top 5 baby Products for Gardening Mamas :: Five Little Homesteaders

As many of you know, I had a baby (our fourth) not too long ago – 4 months to be exact.

I don’t have to tell most of you that babies are a lot of work, as is homesteading – even of the urban variety.  I’m embarrassed to admit how little I gardened during my pregnancy, but now that the baby is here, I’m ready to get back at it in a serious way.  So, when I was given the opportunity to test out the Levana Ayden Baby Video Monitor – http://mylevana.com/product/Ayden_3_5_Digital_Video_Baby_Monitor.eng-164.html , I jumped at the chance.  I was certain that a video monitor would help me get more done in the garden knowing that my baby is safe and I was right.  Read on to learn more about the Ayden Baby Monitor – http://mylevana.com/product/Ayden_3_5_Digital_Video_Baby_Monitor.eng-164.html , enter for a chance to win one of three monitors and learn what other items help me get my gardening done while also taking care of our new little one.

Top 5 Baby Items for Gardening Mamas

First and foremost, here’s my little peanut:

BabyCutie, right?  I’m not exactly impartial but I think she’s adorable.  Problem is, she’s also a handful and keeps me from getting everything done that I need to do to make sure we have fresh vegetables on the table.  So, it is essential that I use naptime as productively as possible and when she’s not napping, that I keep her safe and near while in the garden.

With those things in mind, here’s what I think the top 5 items any gardening mama should have:

1.  A bonnet or other type of sun hat – Three of my four children have been born with incredibly fair skin, just like their daddy.  A sun hat or bonnet is a necessity.

2.  Baby Carrier – Some type of baby carrier (i.e. ring sling, soft-structured carrier, etc.) is an absolute must for the busy, homesteading mama.  Being carried, or “worn”, is a simple way to keep the baby happy and it lets mama keep her hands free and feet moving.

3.  Moveable baby chair, bouncy seat or standing activity center – Not all activities in the garden or on the homestead are safe to be done while baby is being held or worn.  For those times, a place to safely put baby is essential.  The nice thing about most chairs, bouncy seats or activity centers is that you can move it around the garden with you, continue to talk/interact with baby and get your work done at the same time.  Brilliant.

4.  Swaddle Blanket – It took me until my fourth child to really appreciate the swaddle but now I do – a swaddled baby is (generally) a happy baby and a happy baby sleeps longer, thus allowing mom to get more done.

5.  Baby Video Monitor – I did not have a video monitor until this fourth baby when the nice people of Levana – http://mylevana.com/product/Ayden_3_5_Digital_Video_Baby_Monitor.eng-164.html offered to send me one to try out and since it arrived, I’ve been amazed.  The Ayden Video Monitor – http://mylevana.com/product/Ayden_3_5_Digital_Video_Baby_Monitor.eng-164.html has allowed me to hang out in the garden, in the backyard and check in with the baby without going inside a million times.  My productivity has gone through the roof.  Naptime is now the time of day that I get the most done and doesn’t mean I’m constantly standing at the bottom of the stairs to listen for her crying/fussing.

I’ve been particularly impressed with all the features of the Levana monitor – http://mylevana.com/product/Ayden_3_5_Digital_Video_Baby_Monitor.eng-164.html .  I had no idea how innovative monitors have become.  Features include:

  • 48 hour battery life
  • temperature monitoring
  • night vision
  • color video
  • two-way intercom which allows you to talk to your baby
  • 3 lullabies that you can control remotely and more.

Levana Baby Monitor

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And what’s the best news?  You can enter for the opportunity to win one of three video monitors that Levana – http://mylevana.com/product/Ayden_3_5_Digital_Video_Baby_Monitor.eng-164.html is giving away.  Enter by completing the items on the Rafflecopter widget below.  Not trusting your odds of winning and want to buy one now?  Click the “buy it now” button above and go for it.  You’ll thank me.

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Top 5 Baby Products for Gardening Mamas

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Baked Brie with Olives and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Baked Brie :: Five Little Homesteaders

Get prepared to be hungry.

Cheese is one of our favorite foods around here.  We love almost every type and serve it every way you can imagine.  So, when I was given the opportunity to try Mezzetta Everything Spread – https://ooh.li/07d80ba , my first thought, of course, was how can I use these spreads with cheese?  Read on to check out my recipe and for a chance to win some Mezzetta products for yourself!

Mezzetta Everything Spread is a jarred spread that comes in four flavors: Garlic & Parmesan, Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil, Olive, Garlic & Parmesan and Hot Chili Pepper.  It’s more than just a sandwich spread, which is why I decided to get creative with it.

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Baked Brie is a delicious treat.  It’s a great dish to create for company or just for yourself when you feel like snacking on something yummy.  It seemed like the ideal cheese to pair with a Mezzetta Everything Spread.  I picked up a couple of flavors at my local grocery store along with a wheel of brie cheese.  After getting home, I decided to pair the brie with the Olive, Garlic & Parmesan variety and threw some sun dried tomatoes on top.  It was seriously delicious.  I spread it on some baguette bread and had a delicious evening snack.  The Mezzetta Everything Spread took one of my favorite recipes and elevated it to the next level!

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Baked Brie

Ingredients 

1 wheel of brie cheese
1 jar of Olive, Garlic & Parmesan Mezzetta Everything Spread
1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes cut into small pieces

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350
2.  Peel the rind off of the brie.
3.  Cut the brie into small chunks.
4.  Scoop a layer of the Olive, Garlic & Parmesan Spread onto the bottom of a small, oven safe baking dish.
5.  Top with the chunks of brie cheese.
6.  Scoop another layer of the Olive, Garlic & Parmesan spread onto the brie chunks.
7.  Layer the sun dried tomato pieces on the very top.
8.  Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.  Brie should be hot and bubbling.

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Which Produce to Buy Organic

Which Produce to Buy Organic

Adapted from ewg.org

Recently I was doing some research on which produce to buy organic versus that which I might be able to save a little money on and buy conventional.

I know a lot of you would say to buy everything organic, but others of you will be able to relate to my dilemma.  I have a family of six plus a dog, cat and ten chickens.  I can’t always do all my shopping at the local health food store or farmer’s market.  Often I need to shop at Target or a “regular” grocery store.  I also can’t really afford to buy everything organic.  I do grow a lot of our own veggies, but I don’t grow them all.  With four small children, making multiple stops at various stores is often not feasible (or sanity inducing).  So…. that lead me to start researching which I can save on and which I should splurge on.   Read on to learn more about my list of which produce to buy organic.

Which Produce to Buy Organic

My research took me to the Environmental Working Group – http://www.ewg.org/  and their lists of the “ dirty dozen – http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php ” and “ clean fifteen – http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/clean_fifteen_list.php .”  These lists were made with regard to pesticide levels on the produce that you end up consuming (i.e. Cantaloupe might have pesticides on the rind, but you don’t eat that.  The fruit inside is relatively safe.).  So, they do not take into account GMOs.  The GMO issue is one that is important to me and one that worries me as a wife and mother.

I do not believe that, on the whole, GMOs are safe in the long-term for humans.  So, when the EWG put sweet corn and papayas in their “clean fifteen” list, I wasn’t buying it (literally!).  Almost all sweet corn and papayas that are conventionally grown are genetically modified.  For that reason, I put them both on my “splurge” side and will be buying organic.  Other than that, I felt pretty comfortable with what the EWG presented and if you  look at both lists, you’ll see they are very similar.

I am going to print out the graphic above and hang it on my fridge so that I can remember which produce to buy organic and which I can save a little on and go with conventional.  I’m sharing it here because I thought you might want to do the same.  I’ve also included some links to books on the topic below:

         

Splurge vs. Save: Which Organic Produce should YOU be buying!? :: via Five Little Homesteaders

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Berkey Giveaway

Big Berkey Giveaway - Five Little Homesteaders

I’m so excited about this giveaway!  In fact, I wish I could win.  Owning a big Berkey is on the top of my wishlist.  Read on to learn more and enter.

Big Berkey Giveaway

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This powerful system purifies both treated water and untreated raw water …. Perfect for outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available. The Big Berkey® system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance. Constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel, the system comes complete with two purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances. This system has a storage capacity of about 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters) and when in use it stands 19.25″ in height with a diameter of 8.5″.

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Making Homemade Deodorant

Making Homemade Deodorant - The Ultimate Guide

I’ve been interested in making homemade deodorant for a while.  Have you?

Having breast cancer run in my family is one main reason that making homemade deodorant seems like a good idea.  I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist but putting that much chemical on my armpits everyday and chemically clogging and controlling my sweat glands just doesn’t seem like a good idea when you think about it rationally…. you know?  Obviously scientists haven’t made any strong connections between health problems and deodorant use, by why risk it?  Making homemade deodorant is easy and cheap!  Read on to learn more.

In this post I’m not going to give you “my” recipe as I’m not there yet.  I’m still in the research phase…. and I thought maybe you might be as well.  I’m starting by checking out everyone ELSE’s recipes and deciding where I want to start.  From what I’ve learned so far, making homemade deodorant is a lot of trial and error and you might need to try different recipes before you find what works specifically for your body.  So… without further ado, here’s some of the supplies you’ll need and some of the top recipes I found around the web.

Supplies for Making Homemade Deodorant

Here are some standard ingredients that I’ve seen used for making homemade deodorant:

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Stick Containers – http://amzn.to/1AjmI4K
Small Jars – http://amzn.to/1wXToGd  – these are so handy for so many things!  I love them!

Making Homemade Deodorant

This post – http://citymomsblog.com/northphoenix/homemade-deodorant-a-natural-way-to-stay-fresh/ was written by a personal friend of mine and she swears by this recipe.  This will be the first one that I try.  She leaves out corn starch for various good reasons.

I love the blog Frugally Sustainable and this recipe for Hormone Balancing Deodorant – http://frugallysustainable.com/2014/12/womens-hormone-balancing-mineral-deodorant/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+FrugallySustainable+(Frugally+Sustainable) is something I really want to try.  It also makes a solid stick, which would be really convenient for application.

This post from Scratch Mommy – http://www.scratchmommy.com/scratch-mommy-defunkifying-diy-deodorant-for-sweaty-armpits-non-toxic-still-no-baking-soda/ includes some ingredients I’m not used to seeing but does no include baking soda.  From what I’ve read, baking soda can irritate some people’s skin.

Thank Your Body has a recipe specifically for sensitive pits – http://www.thankyourbody.com/homemade-deodorant-stick-recipe-sensitive-skin/ .  I’m sure many of you could use this!

Detoxifying deodorant – http://bodyunburdened.com/diy-all-natural-detoxifying-deodorant/ ?  That sounds like a good idea!

Another baking soda free homemade deodorant – http://www.ablossominglife.com/2013/10/homemade-baking-soda-free-deodorant.html#_a5y_p=1278835 .

This one uses corn starch, which makes me a little nervous, but it’s posted by my girl Jill of The Prairie Homestead – http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2012/12/diy-coconut-oil-deodorant.html .  I love her.  So, I might just have to try it out.

If sensitive skin is your concern, you might want to check out Mommypotomus’s recipe. – http://www.mommypotamus.com/natural-deodorant-recipe-sensitive-skin/  I find Heather to be a pretty good source of natural living information.

Those are a lot of links to check out, I know.  But each one has its own merits…. if you make your own deodorant, I’d love to hear what you do and what works!  I’ll let you know what I’ve come up with my own recipe.

Making Homemade Deodorant - The ultimate post

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Gardening for Pollinators in Dry Conditions

Gardening for Pollinators in Dry Conditions

Summer is coming.  I promise.

I know many of you are still buried in snow but what better time to plan your garden?   Get online and start picking plants – https://ooh.li/206407d !

In my mind, one of the most important things to consider when planning a garden is how to attract pollinators.  Pollinators are those wonderful little creatures that pollinate 75-95% of all flowering plants.  Pollinators include: bees, butterflies, birds, moths, flies, beetles, wasps and bats.

When you’re gardening under hot, dry conditions, it may seem difficult to promote pollinators and support the work they’re doing.  However, don’t forget about them!  It’s especially important to support them under these conditions.  Read on to learn my top four tips when gardening for pollinators under dry conditions.

Gardening for Pollinators in Dry Conditions

1. Choose the right plants – I was lucky enough to team up with Monrovia – https://ooh.li/67de00a to write this post and bring you these tips.   Monrovia – https://ooh.li/67de00a is a great, widely available, plant company (check out your local Lowe’s or independent nursery).  Their website makes it simple to search and find plants to fit every need.  Check it out  here – https://ooh.li/67de00a .

I used the site and was able to find and purchase two plants that are considered “waterwise” (i.e. drought tolerant) and also promote pollinators.  I chose Califronia Buckwheat – https://ooh.li/206407d and Catalina California Fuschia – https://ooh.li/206407d .

California Buckwheat is a drought tolerant evergreen shrub that is a great food source for bees, butterflies and small birds.  Catalina California Fuschia is a drought tolerant perennial that is loved by hummingbirds.  There are so many great options out there.  These plants will not only be easy to keep alive in the summer, but will also ensure that my pollinators are happy in the heat!

Promoting Pollinators - Buckwheat and Fuschia

2.  Plant a Variety of Flowers – Make sure you are planting flowers that vary in shape, color and bloom times.  Don’t let things get boring for your pollinators.  Different colors and shapes also attract different pollinators.  Again, check out the Monrovia site and utilize the handy search function – https://ooh.li/67de00a to find the perfect plants for your gardens.

3.  Skip Pesticides – The use of pesticides is a huge threat to our pollinators.  You know I’m a vocal advocate for organic gardening and use only organic methods on my own gardens.  Pesticides not only kill or injure our pollinators, they also impact their ability to forage and find food.   Monrovia – https://ooh.li/67de00a takes environmental stewardship seriously and leads the industry in pesticide and pollution reduction.

4. Create Feeders and Waterers – You’re not the only one who gets thirsty and hungry working in the sun!  Our pollinators can always use a little refreshment when doing their jobs.  One thing you can do is make a “bee bath” – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/232850243210426936/  or a DIY butterfly feeder – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/232850243210426930/ .  This will help attract pollinators and assure that they have everything thing they need in hot, dry weather.

These are some ideas that I utilize in my garden.  What would you add to the list?  Let me know in the comments.

Thanks so much to Monrovia – https://ooh.li/67de00a for sponsoring today’s discussion.

Gardening for Pollinators

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Immune Boosting Elderberry – 20+ Articles

Immune Boosting Elderberry - 20+ Articles

 

I live in a house with 4 small children.  Germs and minor illnesses are unavoidable.

Given our propensity for sickness around here, I’ve been wanting to learn more about the immune boosting elderberry plant.  In my search for information, I found tons of great resources.  If you’re like me and have been wanting to learn more about immune boosting elderberry and maybe even learn how to make the syrup yourself, read on!

Now, this may seem like a lot of links on a very simple subject.  However, if you start checking some of these out, you’ll see that recipes can vary a lot.  Some people add other herbs and flavors.  Some use honey.  Some use sugar.  Some can their syrup and others store it in the fridge.  My intention is to read through all of these and put together a recipe that suits me and my family.  Hopefully you will be able to do the same.

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General Info About Immune Boosting Elderberry

Elderberry Benefits from Grow Real Food – http://www.growrealfood.com/health/elderberry-benefits-plus-a-recipe-for-elderberry-syrup/

History of Elderberry use from DIY Natural – http://www.diynatural.com/elderberry-benefits-halloween-story/

Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup Recipes

Elderberry Syrup Recipe from Reformation Acres – http://www.reformationacres.com/2014/10/homemade-medicine-made-simple-immune-boosting-elderberry-syrup-for-the-pantry-shelf.html

Elderberry Syrup Recipe from Lovely Greens – http://www.lovelygreens.com/2013/10/elderberry-syrup-recipe.html

Elderberry Syrup from This Organic Life – http://www.thisoriginalorganiclife.com/2014/12/15/how-to-make-elderberry-syrup/

Elderberry Winter Tonic with Fresh Elderberries – http://andhereweare.net/2013/09/making-elderberry-winter-tonic-syrup.html

Elderberry Syrup and Jelly Recipe from Common Sense Homesteading – http://commonsensehome.com/elderberries-how-to-make-syrups-and-jellies/

3 Ingredient Elderberry Syrup – http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/simple-elderberry-syrup-to-boost-immunity/

Elderberry Syrup Recipe from Shalom Mama – http://shalommama.com/make-elderberry-syrup?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=make-elderberry-syrup

How to make Elderberry Syrup from Mommypotomus (with video!) – http://www.mommypotamus.com/elderberry-syrup-recipe/

How to Make Elderberry Syrup from Live Simply – http://livesimply.me/2013/12/05/immune-boosting-elderberry-syrup/

Elderberry Syrup Recipe from Learning and Yearning – http://learningandyearning.com/supercharge-your-elderberry-syrup

Elderberry Syrup from A Blossoming Life – http://www.ablossominglife.com/2012/06/natural-remedy-for-allergies-flu-asthma.html

Wellness Mama’s Elderberry Syrup Recipe – http://wellnessmama.com/1888/elderberry-syrup/

The Ultimate Elderberry Syrup – http://www.growingupherbal.com/ultimate-immune-boosting-elderberry-syrup/

Echinacea + Elderberry Syrup – http://ohlardy.com/echinacea-and-elderberry-syrup/

Medicinal Elderberry Syrup – http://homespunseasonalliving.com/making-medicinal-elderberry-syrup/

Elderberry Syrup from Dried Herbs – http://www.thehomesteadgarden.com/howtomakeelderberrysyrup/

Elderberry Syrup Popsicles

Elderberry Juice Pops – http://www.backtothebooknutrition.com/elderberry-juice-pops/

Elderberry Ice “Lollies” for Sore Throats – http://thequincetree65.blogspot.com/2011/10/elderberries.html

Cold and Flu Pops – http://www.realfitmama.org/2014111cold-flu-pops/

Elderberry Ice Pops – http://herbsandoilshub.com/how-to-make-elderberry-ice-pops/

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Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta

Olive & Roasted Red Pepper Brucshetta :: Five Little Homesteaders

 

Before having kids, my husband and I LOVED to eat out during the holidays.  (To be fair….we have always loved to eat out…. but it seems especially nice during the holidays.)

However, since having kids, eating out has become…well…ummm….interesting?  Creative?  Hard?

Also, as our family has grown, so has my desire to make sure I know exactly what is in the food we are eating.  If you’ve been around this blog for any length of time, then you know we’ve been on a real food “journey,” if you will.  All of these factors have resulted in less eating out and more eating “in” – more cooking at home, from scratch.  This means I often like to recreate some of our favorite restaurant dishes at home.  This is especially true during the holidays when we have guests or are just feeling particularly festive.

One of my favorite recipes is for brucshetta.  It’s pretty easy to make and definitely delicious.  Given that it’s the holidays, it’s also great to make and share with family, friends and house guests.  Read on for the recipe and a chance to win a holiday gift basket full of delicious food!

Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta

Ingredients

1 loaf Italian bread
Olive Oil
Mezzetta Savory Garlic Spread – http://ooh.li/90a55e0 (click here to learn more)
Roasted Red Peppers – http://ooh.li/90a55e0
Kalamata Olives – http://ooh.li/90a55e0
Mozzarella Cheese

Directions

1.  Heat oven to 425.

2. Slice Italian loaf into 1/2 inch slices.   Brush both sides with Olive oil.

Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta :: Five Little Homesteaders

3.  Toast bread in the oven.  5 minutes on one side, turn and toast for 2 more minutes.

4.  While bread is toasting, coarsely chop the olives – http://ooh.li/90a55e0 and peppers – http://ooh.li/90a55e0 .  Grate the cheese.

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5.  Take bread out and top liberally with Savory Garlic Spread.

6.  Top with olives – http://ooh.li/90a55e0 and red peppers – http://ooh.li/90a55e0 .  Sprinkle with cheese.

7.  Turn on the broiler and place topped bread under the broiler for 2-3 minutes until cheese is just melted.

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8.  Serve warm.

Mezzetta Memories Holiday Gift Basket Giveaway

So, this post isn’t just awesome because I’ve shared a yummy recipe.  I’m also giving you the opportunity to win a Holiday Gift Basket from Mezzetta.  Here’s how to enter:

1.  Click here to be taken to the Mezzetta Giveaway page.

2.  Make sure you click all the way through and get your .50 off coupon for one Mezzetta product.

3.  Come back everyday to enter – http://ooh.li/90a55e0 .  (Mezzetta is giving away one gift basket everyday during December!)

(P.S.  Here’s what the gift basket looks like!  Awesome, right?)

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Today’s post is sponsored by Mezzetta, by my love for their delicious snacks is all my own!

Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta

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Pecan Caramel Sticky Buns

Pecan Caramel Sticky Buns :: Five Little Homesteaders

Man.  I must really be into breakfast lately.  My last post was all about breakfast and now this.

I guess since my last post was savory, it makes sense that this one is sweet.

My family loves sweet rolls.  I usually make them for special occasions.  Before I got into cooking from scratch and reading labels, I used to make those awful cinnamon rolls that come in a can in the dairy section.  You know – the ones where you “pop” open the can.  However, now that I’ve wised up and have started focusing on real food and cooking from scratch, I’ve come up with several delicious recipes for homemade sweet rolls. These pecan caramel sticky buns are just one example.

Pecan Caramel Sticky Buns

Ingredients

dough

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2-4 cups white whole wheat flour

Filling 

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon

Topping

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

1.   In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm milk and sprinkle yeast on top.  Allow to proof for 5-10 minutes.

2.  Add butter, salt and 1-1/4 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

3.   Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl.  

4.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

5.  In a small bowl, mix the butter, sugar and cinnamon for the filling,

6.  Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into an 18-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Spread the butter mixture over the dough to within 1/2 in. of edges.

7.  Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 slices.  

8.  Combine brown sugar and cream; pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with pecans. Place rolls cut side down over pecans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

9.  Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until well browned. Cool for 1 minute before inverting onto a serving platter.

Pecan Caramel Sticky Buns :: Five Little Homesteaders

From Scratch Pecan Caramel Sticky Buns :: Five Little Homesteaders

 

 

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